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For questions about Wild Shape, the ability of D&D and Pathfinder Druids to turn themselves into a variety of animals. It is a shapeshifting effect that allows Druids to become more in tune with nature, allowing them to do things they normally could not or to become more fearsome in battle.

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Does Power Word Kill kill druids in wild-shape?

Power Word Kill is a 9th level spell that "compel[s] a creature to die" as long as it has less than 100 hit points. If this is cast on a druid in wild-shape form with less than 100 HP, does the druid ...
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How much damage can a druid Wild Shaped into a spider take without dying instantly?

A human druid Wild Shapes into a spider and now has 1 maximum hit point. As a spider she gets bitten by a hungry lizard that deals 2 damage. Does the druid die from Instant Death (PHB p. 197), or ...
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How easy is it to make the distinction between a druid in beast form and a normal animal?

Short Version: If a druid knows what animals are local to an area, and changes into something that wouldn't cause immediate suspicion (e.g., changing into a polar bear in the middle of the desert) ...
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Can a druid use Wild Shape to take the form of a specific, individual beast?

The rules for the 5E druid's Wild Shape ability simply say: you can use your action to magically assume the shape of a beast that you have seen before There is previous question asking if you can ...
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If PC with Great Weapon Master reduces a polymorphed creature to 0 hp, can they attack again?

The feat Great Weapon Master (PHB, pg. 167) includes the following benefit: On your turn, when you score a critical hit with a melee weapon or reduce a creature to 0 hit points with one, you can ...
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Is the shapeshifting druid an original D&D invention?

The Dungeons & Dragons druids have been largely defined by their ability to change into an animal form in every edition, e.g. through the Wild Shape ability in Dungeons & Dragons 5e. Is the ...
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Does the 5E Druid's Wild Shape recharge while still in wild shape?

Say a Moon Druid 10 spends two Wild Shape uses to transform into an Air Elemental, which she can keep for the next five hours. After two hours, she takes a short rest, but does not drop the Wild Shape....
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Does unlimited Wild Shape make Circle of the Moon archdruids virtually unkillable?

Page 67 of the PHB states that druids gain all the hit points of whatever creature they become when using Wild Shape, and when that shape drops to 0hp, only the excess damage carries over to the druid'...
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Do any feats carry over when in Wild Shape?

I'm wondering if any feats might carry over when a druid assumes a Wild Shape. I'm specifically looking at the Alert and Lucky Feats. PHB p.67 stipulates: Your game statistics are replaced by the ...
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Can a druid wildshape again whilst still in animal form?

I am trying to determine if a druid can use wildshape to turn into a dire wolf then use it again immediately to transform into a small snake. Can they just transform directly into the new animal form,...
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What values do I recalculate when I Wild Shape?

When I Wild Shape, I take a beast's STR, DEX, and CON scores. I keep my proficiency bonus and my INT, WIS, and CHA scores. I will focus this question on the assumption I'm proficient in Athletics, and ...
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When a wildshaped Druid is affected by a Ghost's Horrifying Visage, which form ages?

So this came up in yesterday's game; the Druid, while Wildshaped into a dinosaur, rolled a 1 on his save against a Ghost's Horrifying Visage and then aged 20 years. There was some confusion about ...
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If a druid in Wild Shape swallows a creature whole, then turns back to her normal form, what happens?

Our goblin druid posed a question today which made our DM bluescreen: "If I turned into a giant toad, swallowed a Medium-sized creature whole, and then turned back, what happens?" The goblin druid ...
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Can a bunch of druids wild-shape into a creature that can swarm, then form a swarm with other wild-shaped druids?

Related to these questions: Can a druid wild shape into a cranium rat and use telepathy? Can a Druid Wild Shape into a Swarm or “Giant”? The Cranium Rat question establishes that the full stat ...
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Does Wild Shape count as a spell?

I just started playing a druid, hit level 2 and chose Circle of the Moon. This gives me the ability to use Wild Shape as a bonus action. A situation came up where I wanted to cast a spell, and then ...
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If a centaur druid Wild Shapes into a Giant Elk, do their Charge features stack?

The Centaur player race has a "Charge" feature (GGtR, p. 16): If they move 30 feet, the Centaur can attack against the target with its hooves as a Bonus Action. The Giant Elk beast has a similar "...
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Can a Circle of the Moon Druid still use Wild Shape as an action?

The rules for the Circle of the Moon Druid state: you gain the ability to use Wild Shape on your turn as a bonus action, rather than as an action Is this intended to replace the ability to use ...
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Can my Dragonborn Druid use their breath weapon in wild shape?

I have a Dragonborn Druid character in the works, and I was wondering if I can use my breath weapon while transformed by Wild Shape. Like, if I'm in the shape of a dire wolf, can I still shoot a 15 ...
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Is your proficiency bonus a class feature?

The shapechange spell question has raised a difference in opinion on whether or not the proficiency bonus is a class feature. The crux of the issue is that shapechange allows the character to retain ...
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Can a Druid Wild Shape into a Swarm or “Giant”?

The Players handbook has a list of creatures in the back which are designed for use by the players. Various tweets and materials have said that the players handbook has creatures that players need to ...
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What happens when Wild Shape/Polymorph runs out in a space that's too small?

So in a 5e campaign I'm running, the party Druid has recently been doing some scouting of the local monster caves in spider form to avoid notice. I've also described how the goblins and kobolds who ...
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Can a druid get out of wild shape to avoid an opportunity attack?

Suppose a druid is shapeshifted into a beast of large size and adjacent (within 5 ft) of an enemy with a reach of 5ft. On the druid's turn, he reverts to humanoid form, reducing his size from large ...
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Do removed parts of a Druid's Wild Shape form persist after said Druid exits Wild Shape?

A player wanted to use Wild Shape as an unlimited supply of feathers for our ranger to make his own arrows with and it sparked a discussion on whether or not parts of a Druid that are removed from ...
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If a Druid sees an animal’s corpse, can they Wild Shape into that animal?

The Druid’s Wild Shape feature says: you can use your action to magically assume the shape of a beast that you have seen before. However, if a Druid sees the creature’s corpse, can they turn into ...
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Can truesight see through a druid's Wild Shape?

The rules for truesight state: A creature with truesight can (..) perceive the original form of a shapechanger or a creature that is transformed by magic A druid player argued that since the druid ...
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Does using wild shape allow extra movement?

If a human druid(30 ft/round), in combat/initiative, uses all their movement speed, than wild shapes into a brown bear(40 ft/round), do they get to move again? If not, what is the formula for his ...
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How does resistance/vulnerability/immunity interact with carryover damage after reducing Polymorphed (or Wild Shaped) form to 0 HP?

A caster casts polymorph on another creature. Let's say the polymorphed creature has 10 HP in its new form, but takes 30 piercing damage and its current form is reduced to 0 HP. This causes it to ...
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Can a druid's 2 uses of wild shape be used consecutively?

A druid in my game recently obtained the Wild Shape skill, and chose the Circle of the Moon to follow. This effectively turned him into a Dire Wolf tank, since the CR of the animal he can turn into is ...
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How does instant death work while wild shaped and using Orc's relentless endurance?

I'm playing a half orc druid, level 4, and I got knocked down a 250 ft pit. I was at full health and have a max HP is 34 life. My first thought was to transform into a Dire Wolf and hopefully mitigate ...
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Can a Druid/Monk make unarmed strikes while Wild Shaped?

Can a Druid/Monk who is Wild Shaped perform Unarmed Strikes?
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All I really want are squirrels

The fan-made prestige class scarlet squirrel (see also this question) at level 3 gains the natural ability weresquirrel that, in part, says, "The character can polymorph into any known squirrel form ...
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Can a druid use a focus to cast beast spells while in wild shape?

As a level 18+ druid I may use a Druidic Focus, may assume a Wild Shape, and may cast Beast Spells. May I do all three at the same time? Can a druid use a focus to cast beast spells? Druidic Focus: ...
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If a Lizardfolk druid is in Wild Shape, and uses his Hungry Jaws trait, does he use the damage from the beast's bite or the lizardfolk's bite?

Lizardfolk have a feature that gives them natural weapons in the form of their jaws. This bite deals 1d6+Str damage. Hungry Jaws. In battle, you can throw yourself into a vicious feeding frenzy. As ...
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How does Rage interact with Wild Shape?

If I'm a Barbarian 1/Druid 2, can I rage while in Wild Shape? I can't find anything that would prevent this. Conversely, can I Wild Shape while raging? And finally, does the Rage Damage bonus apply ...
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How do I determine if a Racial Trait applies to Wildshape?

The description for Wild Shape says, "You retain the benefit of any features from your class, race, or other source and can use them if the new form is physically capable of doing so." How do I tell ...
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What is the best 1-level multiclass to improve the AC of Wild Shape?

I'm planning on playing a Circle of the Moon Druid, primarily using Wild Shape for combat and saving my spells as much as possible. That said, I want to take 1 level of either Barbarian or Monk to get ...
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Is a druid hit by Feeblemind able to use wild shape?

In the description of feeblemind, it states that a creature that fails the saving throw cannot cast spells, use magic items or communicate. But a druid's wild shape is none of those. Would a druid ...
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Would it be unbalanced to increase a druid's number of uses of Wild Shape based on level?

Wild Shape is the prominent feature of the Druid class, but it allows only two uses until level 20, when Archdruid makes it limitless. This scaling feels quite odd to me and it appears to impact Moon ...
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Does a Druid in Wild Shape add their own Proficiency Bonus to the physical attribute of the Beast for Skills?

The PHB entry on Wild Shape states: "You also retain all of your skill and saving throw proficiencies, in addition to gaining those of the creature." Does this mean you add the character's ...
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Does a Goliath's carry weight bonus work in wildshape?

I had a silly idea for a group of gnomes to team up with a Goliath who shifts into a bear to serve as a battle platform for them to ride and attack with lances/shoot bows/cast from. Maybe mount a ...
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Is there a lower limit to the size of creature a druid can wild shape into?

In the last few sessions, our druid has been using the tactic of transforming into a spider or other bugs and scouting out entire floors of dungeons by slipping under doors and remaining unseen. Is ...
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Can I employ Relentless Endurance while in Wild Shape?

As a Half-Orc I have Relentless Endurance: Relentless Endurance When you are reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can drop to 1 hit point instead. You can't use this feature again ...
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Does the mind flayer's Extract Brain affect polymorphed or Wild Shaped humanoids?

A mind flayer has the following requirement in order to perform its Extract Brain Action (MM, 222): one incapacitated humanoid grappled by the mind flayer. If a humanoid has been polymorphed (...
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Does a druid count as hitting 0 HP before reverting out of Wild Shape?

So a druid is in Wild Shape and takes damage over the threshold by a gnoll. So she turns back into her real form and takes the remaining damage in real form. The gnoll has a trait called Rampage, ...
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Is a druid in wild shape actually a beast?

Is a druid in wild shape actually a beast? e.g. would the Speak with Animals work to communicate with the druid? You gain the ability to comprehend and verbally communicate with beasts for the ...
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Does a Druid using Wild Shape roll for hit points or take the average?

The rules for a Druid's Wild Shape ability say "When you transform, you assume the beast’s hit points and Hit Dice." But the stat block for "A monster's hit points are presented both as a die ...
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Is a Giant Spider rideable?

Some friends and I were in a coliseum-style arena and needed to get out. We were contemplating leaving through the stands on the back of my Druid's Giant Spider Wildshape but ultimately decided ...
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Does a Wood Elf still receive the benefits of Fleet of Foot while in Wild Shape?

The Wood Elf gets the 'Fleet of Foot' racial ability which states: "Your base walking speed increases to 35 feet." Does this +5' increase in land speed carry over to any Wild Shapes?
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How well can a Circle of the Moon Druid that rarely uses Wild Shape perform in combat?

I'm playing in a seven-member party in a homebrew campaign. There's a chain warlock (me), a vengeance paladin, a valor bard, a fighter, a trickery cleric and two Circle of the Moon druids. We're on ...
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Can a Druid Wildshaped into a Raven speak using Mimicry?

The Wild Shape feature description from the PHB/basic rules says: You can’t cast spells, and your ability to speak or take any action that requires hands is limited to the capabilities of your ...